A photograph of a man thrashing police personnel is being circulated on social media with the claim that the incident happened in West Bengal and that the man is a "BJP goon"
"BJP goons helping an old police personnel in Bengal (Translated from Hindi)" reads the caption of one such post.
BJP goons are beating cops in Bengal.
The claim is false. A reverse image search of the viral photo led to a report by Daily Mail article from 2017 which stated that the incident happened in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the report, a mob had "rioted and attacked police officers after a teenage schoolgirl was allegedly raped in a hospital's intensive care unit". The incident had occurred outside the Jagriti Hospital in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Protestors gathered at the spot were met with baton-wielding officers, following which they had hurled stones.
Times Of India reported on June 18, 2017, that three policemen, including a sub-inspector (SI), were injured, and several vehicles damaged in the scuffle that broke out outside the hospital.
Another report on the incident can be read here.
Therefore, the viral photo is from three years ago and the incident happened in Kanpur and not West Bengal.
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